Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Basic skin histology

Author: Mowafak Hamodat MB.CH.B, MSc., FRCPC (see Authors page)

Revised: 11 October 2018, last major update August 2010

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Definition / general
  • Protects deeper tissues from injury, drying and invasion by foreign organisms (Eur J Dermatol 2002;12:390)
  • Has important role in thermoregulation, limited role in excretion and absorption
  • Absorbs ultraviolet light
  • Has cosmetic function
  • Metabolizes vitamin D
  • Has epidermis (cuticle) containing adnexae, underlying dermis and subcutis
  • Contains peripheral endings of sensory nerves
  • Also called integument
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Thickened skin